Christmas and the Kindness of Strangers

December 11, 2009 · 12 comments

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While I normally stick to the topic of health and nutrition around here, now and then I might change things up a touch.  Since I’ve always been open with you on the details of my blog, I thought the following personal story might be good enough reason to deviate today.

At the risk of boring you with the details, I’m going to tell you the whole story, because first of all it will give you a good idea of why there are certain parts of managing a blog that I detest (I just want to do the part that I love: writing posts and interacting with all of you!); and also it will help you understand why I am so thankful for the help God brought to me.

Let me start by telling you about my recent technical dilemma.

Believe me, there’s always something going on with the back-end of my blog that I have no idea how to fix, or how to create what I need, or whatever the problem may be.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried out, “Lord!  I don’t know what I am doing, I need you to help me to figure this out!”  He always comes through.  Sometimes I’ll find what I need when Googling.  Other times Ann Marie or my computer guy ($60/hour) will fix something for me.  This time it was different.

I’d been struggling for months trying to figure out how to get a slideshow onto my homepage so I could draw attention to the items on my resources page.  The first problem was that I had no decent software to do something as basic as getting text onto a picture.  Once I finally bought the $60 software, then I had to find the time to figure out how to use it.  Next I had to search out various ways of adding a slideshow to my site.  (Not to whine too much, but keep in mind that just getting posts written is tricky enough, let alone getting to projects like this.  For those who are less technically challenged it would take minutes compared to the months it takes for me to figure it out!)  So then I’d find a site to make slideshows and mess with it for an hour, and then realize it didn’t work for various reasons.  Finally I got a Flickr slideshow up on my site but it looked like crap and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to make it do a continuous loop.  That was a couple weeks ago and at that point I had to let it go for a while, with other more pressing things I needed to get to on the blog and around the house.

Gregg & Hallee Then I got an email from Gregg & Hallee that blew me away.

Gregg and Hallee live in Kentucky.  He emailed me a week ago and said that after reading my “Bye Bye Google Ads” post, they felt moved to help me because, “You’re not compromising your integrity or your convictions for the sake of 30 pieces of silver.” (A biblical reference for those that may not know.)  He said, “I have quite a bit of expertise in the technical arena.  If there is any technical advice or expertise that I can offer that will assist you in your ministry, please let me know.  My time is limited as I am working a 60+ hour week in Afghanistan, but I give you my word that I will do my very best to make time for you.”

This made me cry with gratefulness to God for the kindness of strangers.

I knew right away what I’d ask for his help with, and within a couple days, he made a great looking slideshow for my site (which you see above), one that LOOPED with no problems, and when he sent it to me, he even made it super simple for this non-techy to install it!

As a way to thank them I want to introduce you to Hallee’s fairly new blog!

  • Right now she’s running a great giveaway for a Christmas baking collection.  (Don’t you love her site design?)  It ends on Monday, though, so be sure to go sign up before then.
  • Also, here is a list of posts she’s written called, Surviving Separation.  As you’ll read, Gregg is stationed in Afghanistan and won’t be home until the spring.  These posts are especially meaningful to me because when Kent was in the Marines, we were separated for eight months during the first Gulf War in 1991.  It was a difficult time for sure, but God, along with our supportive family and friends helped us through.  It seems like a lifetime ago now.  I was thinking of attaching a picture, but dang, none of them from back then are in digital form so I guess not!  (Yes, I know I could scan them, but I don’t feel like it, and besides, I had mullet hair back then.  I actually thought it was pretty cute at the time, ha!)

This Christmas season, let my little story bring you peace in knowing that there are many many good people in the world, and I know without a doubt that their number is FAR greater than those who would do us harm.

Thank you Gregg & Hallee!  And thank the Lord for bringing them to me!

Do you have any stories of kindness that you’d like to share with us? If someone is having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year for whatever reason, these stories could help them, so please share!

Merry Christmas reader friends!

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    1 HeatherM December 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Kelly,
    That was a great answer to prayer, God is great I have to say thanks Gregg for serving our country you are appreciated!!!

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    2 angie December 11, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    they sound like a wonderful pair and I am heading to visit her blog now

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    3 Susan December 11, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I am thankful every day for the role that God plays in my life. He has bought so many people and experiences into my life and it’s too ‘exactly perfect’ to be considered random. It had to be His plan.

    Thanks for your blog and I am going over to visit Hallee’s site.

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    4 Jeanmarie December 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing the story.

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    5 Beth December 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Kelly,

    So glad you shared.

    A story of kindness? Yes! I was planning on buying a small used freezer from a friend, but yesterday she told me that they decided to GIVE it to me. I was speechless with gratitude and honestly had a *really* hard time accepting it until she said that it had been gifted to them also. I am sooo excited!!

    I’ll be heading over to Hallee’s blog and am so glad they could help you with the cool slide show.

    Blessings,
    Beth

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    6 Martha December 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing a great story of the Lord’s provision.

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    7 Lisa December 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I have a story of kindness.

    We have been struggling financially this year. Things have been very tight recently. Our friends and raw milk farmers found out how tight things were and she delivered to our home, 3 gallons of raw milk, 12.5 dozen pastured eggs, real buttermilk, some pastured beef and beef demi-glace. We were so surprised and blessed at her unexpected kindness. It was amazing. We passed some of it onto another set of friends who are having an equally tight year since we were so unexpectedly given this bounty.

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    8 The Diaper Diaries December 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Wow, that is a great story. And what an amazing family. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    9 KitchenKop December 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Beth, that’s a gift that keeps giving, you’ll be able to get lots of goodies in your freezer now!

    Lisa,

    Awwww, I love that story so much!!! It’s been such a tough year for so many, God help us. Everyone says the economy is getting better, let’s hope “they” are right. I’ll say a prayer for your family and your friends who you shared your bounty with.

    God bless and Merry Christmas!

    Kelly

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    10 Amy @ Finer Things December 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    THIS is exactly why I love blogging. Meeting new people and helping each other. Lovely story!

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